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SP55 Printer Brochure
Datacard  - SP55 Plus card printer
Datacard® SP55 Card Printer

Delivers fast performance, high-quality cards and optional print capabilities to energize card programs

Product Summary

The powerful Datacard® SP55 card printer offers the speed and features to meet your current requirements and the flexibility to keep pace with changes in your card program.

We integrated the power and functionality of a professional-grade card printer with the plug-and-play simplicity of a desktop printer. The result is another breakthrough in technology-the Datacard® SP55 card printer. This versatile, new printer is advanced enough to meet the demands of high-profile security programs, yet easy and affordable enough for enterprises launching their first card programs.

Versatility for secure ID and consumer marketing programs

The Datacard SP55 card printer delivers high-quality photo IDs that elevate security programs to entirely new levels. Smart card, magnetic stripe, bar code and proximity options make it easy to create multi-technology IDs that provide authorized users with secure access to facilities, networks and other privileges. For consumer marketers, this new printer serves as a powerful platform for highly profitable loyalty programs.

Intelligent features and a flexible design

The design of the Datacard SP55 card printer is based on more than 10 years of market experience, and it anticipates the emerging needs of your card program.


  • Edge-to-edge printing
  • Full-color printing: Up to 180 cards per hour (single-sided); up to 115 cards per hour (double-sided)
  • Monochrome printing: Up to 700 cards per hour (single-sided); up to 300 cards per hour (double-sided)
  • 100-card, front-facing input hopper: 0.030 in. (0.76 mm) card thickness.
  • 40-card, front-facing output hopper: 0.030 in. (0.76 mm) card thickness.
  • Microsoft® Windows® Me, 2000 and XP printer driver
  • Printer pooling (Windows® 2000 and XP)
  • USB cable connection
  • Datacard® Smart Driver™ printer driver
    • User-adjustable image and color controls
    • Stand-alone "smart" driver diagnostics
    • Color image and test card preview
    • Online user help
  • Audio and visual message prompts
  • Automatic card feed
  • Datacard® Certified Supplies with enhanced features:
    • Advanced Imaging Technology™
    • Ribbon identification and validation
    • Printer settings and offsets
    • Ribbon low warning
  • 18-month standard depot warranty for printer
  • 18-month printhead warranty-no prorating; no card counting
  • Operator-replaceable printhead
  • Continuous cleaning roller
  • Single-sided or double-sided printing
  • Magnetic stripe encoding
    • IAT or NTT
    • Dual high- and low-coercivity
    • Tracks 1, 2 and 3 (1 track for NTT)
  • Smart card personalization
    • Contact GemPC® USB
    • Contactless GemEasyLink 680 SL
    • Combination Contact GemPC USB and Contactless GemEasyLink 680 SL
    • Contact station
    • HID® compatible Prox reader (read only)
  • 200 card input hopper
  • Lockable input tray-Kensington Security Slot
  • Printer security lock
  • StickiCard™ adhesive-backed plastic cards
  • Soft-sided carrying case

  • Specifications
  • RoHS Compliant
  • Physical dimensions:
    • 21. 5 in. x 7.8 in. x 9.5 in. (546 mm x 198 mm x 241 mm) with 100 input hopper
    • 21. 5 in. x 7.8 in. x 11.9 in. (546 mm x 198 mm x 302 mm) with 200 input hopper
  • Weight: less than 11.5 lbs. (5.3 kg) without supplies
  • Print capabilities:
    • Edge-to-edge printing
    • Continuous-tone, full-color or black-and-white photos
    • Alphanumeric text, logos, digitized signatures
    • Variety of bar codes
    • Background patterns
  • Print resolution: 300 dpi
  • Throughput:
    • Full-color printing: up to 180 cards per hour (single-sided); up to 115 cards per hour (double-sided)
    • One-color printing: up to 700 cards per hour (single-sided); up to 300 cards per hour (double-sided)
  • Shade count: 256 shades
  • Communications: Bi-directional USB and 10 Base-T Ethernet
  • Plastic cards accepted:
    • Size: 3.375 in. x 2.125 in. (85.7 mm x 54.0 mm)
    • Type: PVC with glossy laminate surface; other core materials with PVC overlaminates optional
    • Thickness:
      • .009 in. to .055 in. (.2286 mm to 1.397 mm) can pass through all options
      • .018 in. to .040 in. (.508 mm to 1.016 mm) for magnetic stripe card options
      • .027 in. to .040 in. (.6858 mm to 1.016 mm) for contacted smart card options
      • .027 in. to .040 in. (.6858 mm to 1.016 mm) for contactless smart card options
  • Resident memory: 16 MB
  • Supplies:
    • Datacard® proprietary print ribbons
    • YMCKT (three colors, true black and topcoat)
    • YMCKT-KT (three colors, true black and topcoat)
    • KT (true black with topcoat)
    • K (true black)
    • Various other colors
  • Electrical requirements:
    • 100/120V, 50/60 Hz
    • 220/240V, 50/60 Hz
  • Operating environment:
    • 60 ˚F to 95 ˚F (15 ˚C to 35 ˚C)
    • 20% to 80% non-condensing humidity
  • Storage environment:
    • 5˚F to 140˚F (-15˚C to 60˚C)
    • 10% to 90% non-condensing humidity 
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